Career guidance practitioners provide accurate and relevant advice on employment, education and training opportunities to an ever-widening client group. This Career Guidance and Development programme at University of the West of Scotland focuses on professional practice, personal reflection and critical analysis of practice.
The Masters allows guidance practitioners to undertake research and work evaluation as part of their ongoing professional development.
Graduates have a successful record of gaining employment as career guidance practitioners in the public, private and voluntary sectors within the UK.
Postgraduate Diploma students learning on-campus are provided with placements and practical opportunities for practice, with opportunities to experience how career guidance practitioners operate in organisations and as training providers.
The Postgraduate Diploma can include completion of the Qualification in Career Guidance and Development (QCGD) which is professionally accredited by the Career Development Institute UK (CDIUK).
The Certificate consists of three modules and the Diploma six. The core module is Reflective Guidance Practice. Additional modules include Models of Professional Practice; Career Coaching and Development; Career Related Policy; Career Development Theory; Reflective Guidance Practice; and Labour Market Studies.
You can take up to two years of further part-time study towards a Masters award either by completing a dissertation, or by completing a literature review and associated article.
Those already working in the sector can study part-time or online. You must have access to clients to undertake practical assessments, and to a mentor. If seeking professional accreditation beyond the Postgraduate Diploma award, you will undertake a two-week placement in another guidance organisation in Year 2.
You can apply until:
You can apply until:
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For UK/EU applicants there is no formal closing date for most courses.
Due to visa processing times non-EU applicants must apply for courses starting in September by the beginning of August. Similarly due to visa processing times applicants must apply by the beginning of December for courses starting in January.
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
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